Both sadness as well as joy are heightened and are set side by side. Nay more, when the event is past dispute, even then we are willing to be deceiv'd, and the Poet, if he contrives it with appearance of truth; has all the audience of his Party; at least during the time his Play is acting: So in their Love Scenes, of which Eugenius spoke last, the Ancients were more hearty; we more talkative: Eugenius whose name may mean "well born" favors the moderns over the ancients, arguing that the moderns exceed the ancients because of having learned and profited from their example.
While the audience may know that none of them are real, why should they think scenes of deaths or battles any less "real" than the rest? Hence they must perforce use rhyme, which suits the genius of their age. Instead, he pleads for commonsensical application of these prescriptions, appealing to a higher standard of judgment: Doubtless many things appear flat to us, whose wit depended upon some custome or story which never came to our knowledge, or perhaps upon some Criticism in their language, which being so long dead, and onely remaining in their Books, 'tis not possible they should make us know it perfectly.
Crites Favours the Ancients: The Essay was probably written during the plague year ofand first published in And that all this is practicable, I can produce for examples many of our English Playes: A Priam and Astyanax murder'd, and Cassandra ravish'd, and the lust and murder ending in the victory of him that acted them: For Lisideius "no theater in the world has anything so absurd as the English tragicomedy; in two hours and a half, we run through all the fits of Bedlam.
They have mix'd their serious Playes with mirth, like our Tragicomedies since the death of Cardinal Richlieu, which Lisideius and many others not observing, have commended that in them for a virtue which they themselves no longer practice. In my opinion, replyed Eugenius, you pursue your point too far; for as to my own particular, I am so great a lover of Poesie, that I could wish them all rewarded who attempt but to do well; at least I would not have them worse us'd then Sylla the Dictator did one of their brethren heretofore: More significantly, although he was a practitioner of the modern form of writing plays himself, Dryden does not insist that the dramatists of the past are to be faulted simply because they did not adhere to methods of composition that his own age venerated.
Even Neander's final argument with Crites over whether rhyme is suitable in drama depends on Aristotle's Poetics: There ought to be one action, sayes Corneile, that is one compleat action which leaves the mind of the Audience in a full repose: He that will look upon theirs which have been written till these last ten years or thereabouts, will find it an hard matter to pick out two or three passable humours amongst them.
However, in the Essay, he has expressed himself strongly in favour of rhyme through the mouth of Neander.
They can produce nothing so courtly writ, or which expresses so much the Conversation of a Gentleman, as Sir John Suckling; nothing so even, sweet, and flowing as Mr. Examples of all these kinds are frequent, not onely among all the Ancients, but in the best receiv'd of our English Poets.
I hope I have already prov'd in this discourse, that though we are not altogether so punctual as the French, in observing the lawes of Comedy; yet our errours are so few, and little, and those things wherein we excel them so considerable, that we ought of right to be prefer'd before them.
Any sudden gust of passion as an extasie of love in an unexpected meeting cannot better be express'd than in a word and a sigh, breaking one another.An Essay of Dramatick Poesie By John Dryden Edited by Jack Lynch.
The text follows the first edition of ; several obvious errors of spelling and punctuation have been silently corrected. I have rendered the Greek without accents and added paragraph numbers (they follow the paragraph numbers in the Toronto electronic edition of this text. Essay of Dramatic Poesie is a work by John Dryden, England's first Poet Laureate, in which Dryden attempts to justify drama as a legitimate form of "poetry" comparable to the epic, as well as defend English drama against that of the ancients and the French.
An Essay of Dramatic Poesy. By John Dryden.
Introduction. Though he died inJohn Dryden is usually considered a writer of the 18th rather than the 17th century.
Incredibly prolific, Dryden made innovative advances in translation and aesthetic philosophy, and was the first poet to employ the neo-classical heroic couplet and quatrain in his. Introduction. Criticism flourished in England during the restoration of Stuarts.
An Essay of Dramatic Poesy deals with the views of major critics and the tastes of men and women of the time of Dryden.
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Cubana be cubana bop analysis essay christmas carol symbolism essay. In An Essay of Dramatic Poesy, Dryden created a new kind of theoreti cal work addressed to a cultivated audience of non-specialists and written in an urbane conversational prose that avoided the technical jargon and arrogant.Download